Big Law should be scared of Ian Samuel. Recently, the Harvard Law School lecturer and co-host of the “First Mondays” podcast created a huge uproar when he tweeted that Munger, Tolles & Olson required that summer associates agree to arbitration in their employment contracts. (He called the requirement “super gross.”)
Almost immediately, law faculty and law students jumped on social media to condemn the super elite firm for attempting to silence summer associates. The upshot was that Munger retracted the requirement literally overnight—within 24 hours of Samuel’s tweet, issuing a mea culpa of sorts:
Munger, Tolles & Olson is committed to the highest standard of conduct. In this case, we were wrong, and we are fixing it. We will no longer require any employees, including summer associates, to sign any mandatory arbitration agreements.
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